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Taylor Tracks ‘Standard’ Songs at United

James Taylor recorded two tracks at United Recording earlier this year for his latest album, American Standard, performing classic American popular songs.

Pictured L-R in United Recording's Studio A are engineer/mixer Dave O'Donnell, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, Dorian Holley and James Taylor.
Pictured L-R in United Recording’s Studio A are engineer/mixer Dave O’Donnell, Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, Dorian Holley and James Taylor. David Goggin

Hollywood, CA (June 19, 2020) — James Taylor recorded two tracks at United Recording earlier this year for his latest album, American Standard, performing classic American popular songs.

“We had great sessions at United Recording,” said Dave O’Donnell, who produced, recorded and mixed the collection. “The wide selection of vintage microphones, mic pre-amps and compressors help enhance voices of our background singers, allowing us to work much faster. I always look forward to sessions at United Recording.”

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American Standard is Taylor’s first release since scoring his first-ever No. 1 album, Before This World, in 2015. Alongside O’Donnell, Taylor and master guitarist John Pizzarelli served as co-producers. The album also features legendary background singers Arnold McCuller, Kate Markowitz, and Dorian Holley.

“I’ve always had songs I grew up with that I remember really well, that were part of the family record collection and that I had a sense of how to approach, so it was a natural to put American Standard together,” Taylor said in a statement. “I know most of these songs from the original cast recordings of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Carousel, Showboat and others.”

The album follows Taylor’s audio-only memoir, Break Shot, a deeply personal storytelling experience and his first Audible Original for Audilble.com. Produced by MTV/VH1 veteran Bill Flanagan, it takes listeners through the triumphs and traumas of his life and illustrates Taylor’s deep connection with the songs on American Standard.

United Recording • www.unitedrecordingstudios.com

 

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